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Venus, Stephens give US 2-0 Fed Cup lead

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KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Venus Williams beat Paula Kania 7-5, 6-2, and Sloane Stephens beat Magda Linette, 6-2 6-4 on Saturday to give the U.S. a 2-0 lead over Poland after the opening day of their Fed Cup first round.

The Americans are one match away from advancing to the World Group II semifinals in April.

Williams overcame a shaky start against Kania, who served for the first set but could not capitalize at 5-4.

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